Wrestling Federation of India-WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has said that there are some loopholes in the laws related to sexual harassment and they are being misused. He made the comments on Thursday at a meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich. There were some preparations for a rally of seers called by him in Ayodhya on June 5.
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Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been accused of sexual harassment of several female wrestlers along with a minor. Thousands of supporters of women wrestlers took out a candle light rally on Tuesday from Jantar Mantar to India Gate under tight security. This rally was taken out on the occasion of one month of the wrestlers’ protest. Top grapplers of the country, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, have been protesting against the WFI chief at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since April 23, and are demanding his arrest.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told reporters in Ayodhya on Friday, “This law is being misused against children, the elderly and seers. Even officials are not immune to its misuse,” the Kaiserganj MP claimed. “Under the leadership of seers, we will force the government to change the (POCSO) law.”
On the other hand, two FIRs against the WFI chief have been registered by the Delhi Police. The first FIR pertains to the sexual harassment allegations by a minor wrestler against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. For this he has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The second FIR is related to outraging modesty.
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Meanwhile, regarding the June 5 Ayodhya rally, Brij Bhushan Singh claimed 11 lakh seers would participate in the gathering. In addition, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh reiterated that all the allegations levelled against him are false. The POCSO Act was brought by the Congress government without examining its various aspects, he said. All activities of the wrestling federation have been cancelled by the Sports Ministry till the probe into the sexual harassment allegations of the grapplers against the WFI chief is completed.